Having never heard of 68′ and having watched some live shows of LISTENER on YouTube, nothing could have prepared me for what I was to experience that night.
Now I will be honest with y’all, I have never heard any music by 68′ so I was unaware of what was about to unfold before my ears and eyes when 68′ took the stage. Now whats interesting about 68′ is that they are a two piece band. You have Josh Scogin, who was formally with the chariot, playing guitar and doing vocals and Micheal McClellan on drums. As soon as Josh struck the first chord I was in for a musical ride. I was invoked by the sound that the Atalanta duo produced. It was as if The White Stripes, Nirvana, and The Chariot were all in a car crash and 68′ was the after math. Josh shows off his mastery of a pedal board and pretty much anything that happens to be around the stage such as standing on top Micheal’s drum kit or ramming his guitar head right into his pedal board. Nothing is safe. After the roller coaster ride that 68′ took me on it was time for Listener to take the stage. Now I have been a big fan of Dan Smith and his spoken word style of music so needless to say I was really excited to see Listener as a full band. As soon as Listener started playing I was just taken away by Dan Smiths lyrical ability to remember a vast amount of words combined into a beautiful spoken word poem with the combination of guitar and drums and a little bit of trumpet thrown in there you have art. It was amazing getting to watch and photograph Listener, I was so entranced with the performance and imagery used in the lyrics I almost forgot to take pictures. The venue was packed and the stage was small which made Listeners performance all the more enjoyable and intimate. All and all it was truly an amazing show. I highly recommend checking out both bands, especially at one of their live shows your ears will be in for a real treat!
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Photographs taken at The Door Dallas on July 22nd of 2014 – Listener, 68′
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